Holopneustes purpurascens, Sydney, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Holopneustes purpurascens, Batemans Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Holopneustes purpurascens, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Brown test, pink spines and yellow suckers at the tips of the tube feet. Like the other two Holopneustes species, it is locally abundant below low-water mark but is easily overlooked because it generally remains concealed among algal fronds.
Max Size: 6 cm
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (10% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (4 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney